There is a lot of buzz around new technologies these days. One such technology that is taking the world by storm is cloud computing. Cloud computing can be explained as a structured pool of systems that is incorporated into a network. This network also offers an infrastructure that is readily scalable such that it can utilized by several data and computer systems. Cloud computing is basically the use of computer services such as storage, software and computer processors over the Internet. A lot of businesses are jumping on the cloud computing train, and rightly so. The cloud computing industry is on the rise and is projected to rise in cumulative annual growth rate over the years. This industry has come a long way. The history of the concept behind cloud computing can be traced back to the 1960s. Then, mainframes were the major method of implementation of these concepts. It is good to know the past of cloud computing, but what about the future? Some businesses have revealed their fright for using cloud computing because they do not know what the future holds. We have decided to ease those frights by revealing 12 cloud computing trends to watch out for in 2018. These trends have been carefully curated by experts who have studied and understood the cloud computing industry over the years. After reading this article, you will be able to plan accordingly to the likely changes that will happen to this industry.
12 cloud computing trends to watch out for in 2018
We have carefully researched and gathered twelve trends that could shape the cloud computing industry in 2018. They are explained below:
* Redefinition of cloud service model: The cloud service model is likely to be redefined in 2018. The present cloud computing model sees providers like AWS cater for the infrastructure, software and other platforms for businesses at a subscription cost. This might change as adoption separates the different offerings by these service providers. Consumer cloud services is likely to grow and services providers will have to adjust their models to maximize profit. The current service provider leader is AWS and it is projected to reach a revenue of $43 billion by 2022.
* Cloud Monitoring as a Service: This is one new offering that is likely to surge in 2018. The rise in the adoption of hybrid cloud is likely to see businesses turn to Cloud Monitoring as a Service to ensure that their applications and operations are running smoothly. Many businesses are looking to spread their applications across various service providers and will need to monitor it all from one place. The same goes for businesses that have their applications deployed on a single cloud service provider.
* Ease of movement of operations between different cloud providers: As stated before, businesses will be looking to spread operations across the various cloud service providers. Depending on the offerings and discounts offered by the individual providers, businesses might profit more from using one provider for one application and another provider for another application. Solution expertise is another reason why businesses may be looking to spread operations. This movement of operations is going to be very easy and permissible in 2018.
* Crowd sourced storage systems: The traditional storage on many cloud platforms are not the most efficient. Crowd sourced storage systems are going to be on the rise come 2018. The use of this data to generate more data for the service providers will also be more prominent. Some cloud service providers have been offering free cloud storage as a return of data to further train and improve their AI algorithms.
* Server-less cloud computing: Server-less cloud computing is likely to be advanced in more functionalities like security, risk scans and analytics. Server-less applications will also jump on the pay as you use subscription model that is prevalent in cloud computing.
* More cloud solution types: Right now, the most popular offerings are the public, private and hybrid cloud solutions. However, there are going to be new solution types in 2018. The advent of the new multicloud offering has shaken the cloud computing industry and there are bound to be more novel solutions like this.
* Increased adoption of AI and ML solutions in the cloud: The ease of applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to business solutions and applications is going to get easier. Many more businesses and individuals are going to be able to deploy these technologies without the need to have core technical expertise. Cloud computing will bring AI and ML to every business.
* Improved Enterprise Cloud: The enterprise cloud computing model is likely to be improved. The current enterprise cloud model is limited in scope and application. It is likely to be improved to include tools for design, management and analytics & reporting, which control hybrid clouds which in turn provide for each service to be hosted and handled on the most suitable platform.
* Linking Business goals with Cloud computing: It will become critical to compare the spending on cloud computing with overall business goals. These days everyone wants to jump on the cloud whether or not it is the best solution for their business. However, in 2018, many businesses will step back and analyse the effects of cloud computing on the achievement of their overall business objectives.
* Data policies by regulations: Data privacy is increasingly becoming important in the digital age. How much information is shared with businesses and how these businesses use this information is being questioned by the general public. Given that many cloud platforms rely on input of data, the policies surrounding the access and utilization of this data will be important to observe.
* Rise of more cloud services vendors: Currently, the main cloud vendors are Google Cloud, IBM Bluemix, Microsoft Azure and the great Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS leads the pack with over 30% of market share. However, there are likely to be new cloud vendors in 2018. Also, already existent but silent vendors like Alibaba are going to look to aggressively take up market share in 2018.
* Advanced IoT integration: The inseparable duo of cloud computing and the internet of things are going to continue their romance. IoT requires cloud services to work as it consists of devices that are connected and communicate through the cloud, no matter their location. Businesses are likely to adopt IoT more especially in healthcare, supply chain and manufacturing. Hence, cloud providers will look to provide advanced integration of IoT with their cloud services.
There is no doubt that cloud computing is one of the most innovative technology in this digital age. Harnessing the various benefits offered by this service is important to businesses. The trends listed and explained above can help businesses understand where cloud computing is going and plan accordingly. This will help them properly enjoy the advantages of this technology and stay ahead of competitors.